5 Couponing Myths Revealed
Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 10:06 am
How much do you know about couponing? There are a lot of myths out there about couponing that simply aren’t true. Sometimes, that type of misinformation can keep people from saving money and getting a great deal on things their family will use. Here are a few of the myths about couponing followed by what the actual truth is.
5 Coupon Myths Busted
Myth 1: I can save thousands of dollars, right away, by extreme couponing.
This is completely false! Extreme couponing has the word “extreme” in the name for a reason. It takes a ton of time and effort to collect, compile, and organize the amount of coupons that extreme couponers require. It becomes a full-time job that might, eventually, pay in discounts on groceries.
To make this work, you need to spend almost all of your time finding coupons and doing a lot of math to compare potential options about how and where to use them. You won’t see that kind of savings immediately, and you won’t see it at all if you don’t have the time to devote to it.
Myth 2: The only way to save with coupons is by extreme couponing.
This is not true either! Regular people can save money on their weekly grocery bills by using some coupons. That little bit of savings, over time, can add up. It can mean the difference between being able to get what your family needs at the end of the month and having to go without it.
Myth 3: I can’t use coupons if I use SNAP.
Wrong, again! SNAP, and other food assistance programs, do allow people to use grocery coupons. In fact, this is often encouraged. Be aware that some grocery stores will attempt to charge tax on the items that you used coupons on. This isn’t actually legal. Find a store that doesn’t engage in this practice.
Myth 4: Coupons make you buy things you don’t need.
That isn’t true at all. You have the power to make the choice about what you will, and will not, purchase. If you find a coupon for something your family doesn’t use, or doesn’t like – don’t use it!
Myth 5: There are no coupons for what my family needs.
This is another common misconception. You can find coupons for products that are gluten-free, or dairy-free, or peanut-free. Start by looking up the manufacturer on Facebook or by going to their main page. I’ve seen coupons for Udi’s, So Delicious, Silk, and others.